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New York's Benno named Best New Restaurant

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The United States is home to more than a million different restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association, with hundreds of new options opening up each year. We asked a panel of food and travel experts to nominate their 20 favorite new restaurants to open in the past 18 months, ranging from chef-driven fast casual concepts to high end dining with a focus on hyper-local and sustainable ingredients.

  • Benno

    Benno
    New York

    Benno, named after Chef Jonathan Benno, is the fine dining establishment inside the landmark Evelyn Hotel. The menu explores contemporary Italian cuisine using classic French techniques, with a particular focus on the foods of Northern Italy and Southern France.
    Photo courtesy of Evan Sung / Benno

  • Sawyer

    Sawyer
    Seattle

    This casual American eatery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood occupies a renovated 1920s sawmill. Dishes are served family style, under the culinary direction of Washington native Chef Mitch Mayers. The menu features items like pork belly steam buns with gochujang and hoisin, cheesy bread stuffed with pimento cheese or house lemon ricotta, Dungeness crab scallion pancakes, or kalbi beef with a cherry kombucha marinade.
    Photo courtesy of Sawyer

  • Fox & the Knife

    Fox & the Knife
    Boston

    Chef Karen Akunowicz takes the helm at this new restaurant in the heart of South Boston, with a menu focused on traditional Italian food and drink. Highlights include house-made ricotta, burrata with crispy shallots and warm walnut vinaigrette, tagliatelle with wild boar bolognese and diver scallops served with meyer lemon and buttered pine nuts.
    Photo courtesy of BRIAN SAMUELS PHOTOGRAPHY / Fox & the Knife

  • The Baker's Table

    The Baker's Table
    Newport, Ky.

    The Baker’s Table serves rustic comfort food in the heart of Newport Kentucky, Under the direction of Chef David Willocks, the menu focuses on seasonal and sustainable cuisine through dishes like roasted broccoli soup with white cheddar and house-made crackers, Catalan seafood stew, fried chicken sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit with spicy slaw and hot sauce, or pumpkin French toast with apple cider caramel and Chantilly cream.
    Photo courtesy of The Baker's Table

  • Vernick Fish

    Vernick Fish
    Philadelphia

    This new seafood concept at the Four Seasons Philadelphia features James Beard Award-winner Chef Greg Vernick’s take on a classic American oyster bar. The menu features an extensive raw bar, several types of tartare (including a vegetarian beet option) and a variety of small plates and entrees highlighting the bounty of the sea.
    Photo courtesy of Vernick Fish

  • Mugen

    Mugen
    Honolulu

    Mugen brings French-Japanese dining to Honolulu, served along rare wines and spirits, some found nowhere else. Maui native Jason Yamaguchi helms the kitchen and serves a seasonal menu that might include dishes like red sea crab with yuzu aioli and edamame coulis, salt roasted beets with XO plum sauce, tagliatelle with Kona lobster and nori dust, or local lamb with huckleberry jam and dehydrated ume.
    Photo courtesy of Mugen

  • Elwood Restaurant

    Elwood Restaurant
    Philadelphia

    This BYOB restaurant in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood transforms organic, locally sourced ingredients into dishes celebrating the culinary traditions of Pennsylvania. Chef Adam Diltz takes inspiration from the Philadelphia's Colonial, Federal and Victorian eras and his PA Dutch background to craft dishes like ham potpie, whole rabbit, guinea hen and funnel cake.
    Photo courtesy of Elwood Restaurant

  • Jeong Restaurant

    Jeong Restaurant
    Chicago

    Chicago’s newest Korean restaurant, Jeong, takes an elevated approach to classic dishes, with options like salmon tartare with yuza gastrique, pork and kimchi dumplings, shrimp cakes with gochujang aioli and radish, and braised Korean short rib with brown butter carrot veloute.
    Photo courtesy of Hahm Visuals

  • The Elysian Bar

    The Elysian Bar
    New Orleans

    The Elysian Bar occupies the ground floor of the former rectory in what is now the Hotel Peter & Paul. In partnership with Bacchanal, this hotel bar serves coffee, niche wines and craft cocktails alongside a menu of shareable small plates with a “deconstructed brunch” theme.
    Photo courtesy of The Elysian Bar

  • Bayan Ko

    Bayan Ko
    Chicago

    This new BYOB restaurant in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood fuses Filipino and Cuban cuisine in a celebration of America’s melting pot of cultures. Family recipes get a modern twist, with dishes like adobo chicken wings with a soy caramel vinegar glaze, ropa vieja with black beans and luglug noodles with saffron.
    Photo courtesy of Bayan Ko

  • Benno
  • Sawyer
  • Fox & the Knife
  • The Baker's Table
  • Vernick Fish
  • Mugen
  • Elwood Restaurant
  • Jeong Restaurant
  • The Elysian Bar
  • Bayan Ko

For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites.

The top 10 winners in the category Best New Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Benno - New York
  2. Sawyer - Seattle
  3. Fox & the Knife - Boston
  4. The Baker's Table - Newport, Ky.
  5. Vernick Fish - Philadelphia
  6. Mugen - Honolulu
  7. Elwood Restaurant - Philadelphia
  8. Jeong Restaurant - Chicago
  9. The Elysian Bar - New Orleans
  10. Bayan Ko - Chicago

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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